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Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Monthly
March 2017
an Online Gallery based in Bodega Bay, California
Celebrating Historic California Painting

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This month ...

Available at the Historical
Society of Palm Desert
Mar 17-21
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Kathi Hilton Awaking Spring
Kathi Hilton Awakening Spring

Claude Monet Portrait by Renoir 1875
Monet: The Early Years
at SF's Legion of Honor
John Hilton with Pipe
John W. Hilton,
a man of the desert
and like minded friends
Winston Churchill Sutherland Portrait
Sir Winston Churchill and
his destroyed portrait

Prior to appearing at the Legion of Honor
Monet: the Early Years was on exhibit at the Kimball Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX.
This is the Kimball Museum's promo video.
Monet: The Early Years, at San Francisco's Legion of Honor

Claude Monet was once a young artist, unknown, and sometimes starving. This exhibition features the first phase of his career, beginning with his Normandy debut in 1858 until 1872 when he settled in Argenteuil on the River Seine near Paris.

These paintings were all done before Monet was thirty-three years of age. They show experimentation, inventive technique and a an increasingly sophisticated and daring visual language which challenged the artistic conventions of his day.

Born in Paris in 1940, Claude Monet grew up in Le Havre in Normandy. At age 11, he was selling charcoal caricatures for twenty francs. By the time he was 16, he met Eugene Boudin by chance while on the beaches of Normandy. Boudin taught him how to use oil paints and techniques for painting en plein air.

Before his twentieth birthday, Monet visited Paris and studied the paintings in the Louvre. He met other young painters including Eduard Manet. In 1861 at age 21, he was drafted into the army and stationed in Algiers. After a bout with typhoid fever and with some assistance from his aunt, Monet left the army and returned to Paris where he formally studied art.

Claude Monet - Mini Biography
  - A short biography of painter
Claude Monet who started the Impressionist Movement.

Monet disliked formal art studies, but made important lifelong friendships with his fellow students Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Frederic Bazille and Alfred Sisley.

In these early years, Monet strived to be accepted in the Academy des Beaux-Arts exhibition at the Salon de Paris. But in the early 1960's, the conservative art establishment rejected the work of Monet and his young friends.

Energized by this rejection, Monet and his friends established the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. In 1872, Monet presented a painting entitled Impression, Sunrise at the Exhibition of the Impressionists. Art critic Louis Leroy reviewed the exhibition and coined the term "Impressionism," originally meant to disparage the work of the young artists, but a term which soon came to define a major artistic movement.

Claude Monet 1875 (age 35) by Pierre Auguste Renoir
Claude Monet 1875 (age 35) by his close friend,
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Musee d'Orsay
Claude Monet View  Near Rouelles 1858 age 18
View Near Rouelles
1858 age 18
Marunuma Art Park, Asaka, Japan
Claude Monet Towing of a Boat at Honfleur 1864 age 24
Towing of a Boat at Honfleur
1864 age 24
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
Claude Monet The Pointe de Heve at Low Tide
The Pointe de Heve at Low Tide
1865 age 25
Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX

View Near Rouelles is the first Monet painting publicly exhibited near his home in Le Havre. Monet's teacher Eugene Boudin took the 18 year old Monet to Rouelles in 1858. It shows exceptional skill and is tribute to how much Monet was able to learn from Boudin.

Towing of a Boat at Honfleur is a studio painting and serves as a testament to Monet's able visual memory. The clouds and colors of the sunset were based on a pastel Monet had done at a another location.

The Pointe de Heve at Low Tide was originally a smaller painting, but Monet did a larger version for exhibition. It was submitted and accepted by the Salon and warmly received, and praised for its "brooding grandeur" and "ominous forces of nature."

Claude Monet Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden 1866 age 26
Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden
1866 age 26
Larry Ellison Collection
Claude Monet Luncheon on the Grass (Central Panel)  1865-66 age 26
Luncheon on the Grass
(Left Panel)
1865-66 age 26, Musee d'Orsay
Claude Monet The Cradle 1867 age 27
The Cradle
1867 age 27
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Adolphe Monet Reading in a Garden shows Claude's father peacefully reading his newspaper while shaded in a garden. The painting shows none of the tension between father and son, especially since Adophe had just learned that Claude's lover, Camille Doncieux, was expecting.

Luncheon on the Grass is part of a larger painting prepared for the Salon in 1866, but it was not finished in time and consequently not shown. In preparing for this painting, Monet enlisted some friends to serve as models, preparing studies of of them as figures against backgrounds of shadowed trees and green leaves. Some parts of the painting are tentative while others are quite finished. In Monet's studio, the canvas for this painting was 13 x 20 feet.

The Cradle
show's Claude's newborn born son Jean lying in a cradle. At this time, Monet and his lover Camille Doncieux lived in poverty. The woman pictured next to the cradle is probably Jean's godmother, Julie Vellay, the companion of Monet's older friend, Camille Pissarro.
Claude Monet A Hut at Sainte-Adresse 1867 age 27
A Hut at Sainte-Adresse 1867 age 27, Collection des Musees d'art et d'histoire de la Ville de Geneve
Claude Monet Quai du Louvre 1867 age 27
Quai du Louvre
1867 age 27, Collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Netherlands
Claude Monet Green Wave 1866-67 age 27
Green Wave
1866-67 age 27
H. O. Havemeyer Collection
A Hut at Sainte-Adresse was painted during the summer of 1867. This painting of the hut was important to Monet. He exhibited it the following year and exhibited it again three more times. This is only the second time though that this painting has been exhibited since 1889. He painted the hut from a terrace just above while the sea from a more extreme angle, higher up the hill.

Quai du Louvre shows the modern Paris of 1867 about the time of the Universal Exposition, showing off the city's new ornaments and modernity. This scene along the Seine shows sales and advertising kiosks, trees and new street lights.

Green Wave had to be painted in the studio, but Monet, working from memory, keenly observed reality, and shows the steep perspective of the boat as it heels sharply toward the horizon, straining as ropes pull the boat's nets.
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt 1868 age 28
On the Bank of the Seine, Bennecourt

1868 age 28, Art Institute of Chicago
Claude Monet Jean Monet Sleeping 1868 age 28
Jean Monet Sleeping
1868 age 28
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
Claude Monet La Grenouillere 1869 age 29
La Grenouillere
1869 age 29
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
On the Bank of the Seine shows the maturity of Monet's compositional strategy. The elements are all strong compositional components and work together to create a bold scene.

Jean Monet Sleeping shows Jean at age one. The smock appears to have be painted in a hurry. Monet finished the canvas with the same brevity. It appears Monet gave more attention to the pattern of the wall paper than he did to his son. Wall paper remains still, infants do not.

La Grenouillere shows a major turning point in the work of the impressionists. In the late summer of 1869, Claude and Camille were poor, and their friend Renoir often literally supplied them with bread. It was at this time Renoir created three paintings of Le Grenouillere while Monet created two. All five paintings exhibit a stenographic style of brushwork rendering the choppy water of the sun dappled river, the initiation of an impressionistic technique.
Claude Monet On the Beach at Trouville 1870 age 30
On the Beach at Trouville
1870 age 30
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris
Claude Monet Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam 1871 age 31
Houses by the Zaan at Zaandam
1871 age 31
Private Collection
Claude Monet Regatta at Argenteuil 1872 age 32
Regatta at Argenteuil
1872 age 32
Musee d'Orsay - Bequest of Gustave Caillebotte
On the Beach at Trouville exhibits Monet's use of bright color. He uses cobalt blue in the striped dresses of both foreground figures and continues use of that color in the background. With contrast, he adds touches of bright red and pink. He gives the painting real volume with the angle and lines of the chair and the pattern in Camille's dress, bold and distinct in the foreground while less so as it recedes deeper into the frame.

Houses by the Zaan in Zaandam
is one of ten paintings Monet dedicated to the town of Zaandam. This sunset shows the port from a landing looking down into the water, its rippling surface created with carefully placed stokes of nearly rectangular shape. The sky with yellows, blues and rose is reflected in the water, broken by the shadow cast by the harbor pier with its line of boats.

Regatta at Argenteuil
is astonishingly bold. The bright sails and houses are reflected in the rippling water with nearly rectangular strokes of color reflecting in the water. This painting first belonged to Gustave Caillebotte. He in turn, left it to the nation of France. Monet's early years were nearly forgotten, but this painting from the close of his early years, left from the collection of a discerning fellow painter, shows both Monet's past and future.
Claude Monet The Wooden Bridge 1872 age 32
The Wooden Bridge 1872 age 32
VKS Art Inc, Ottawa, Canada
The Wooden Bridge is playing a visually stimulating game. The ends of the bridge are not square with the canvas with the left side end of the bridge lower than the right. The reflections of the bridge are nearly identical in density and taken together, create an abstract structure. In the middle of the bridge's reflection is an octagonal frame filled with a distant city view against a pink and blue sunset. Atop the bridge is a horse drawn wagon and pedestrians unaware they are the top of a well composed scene.

Monet: The Early Years
includes approximately sixty paintings from the collections of the Musee d'Orsay, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, plus contributions from other public and private collections. Later in his career, Monet was known for landscapes, but here in his early years, we see still lifes, portraits and genre scenes. Here, Monet's radical inventiveness is shown as he developed his unique visual language and technique.
Monet: The Early Years, Legion of Honor Website | Back to the Top

John Hilton with Pipe John W. Hilton, a Man of the Desert,
and his like minded friends
President Dwight Eisenhower, General George Patton, Actor James Cagney, Industrial Tycoon Howard Hughes, LA Times Editor Edward Ainsworth, Artists Maynard Dixon, Jimmy Swinnerton, Clyde Forsythe, Norman Rockwell and Nicolai Fechin have something in common.

They all knew John Hilton and considered him to be their friend.

John Hilton never engaged in name dropping. He never expressed much interest in status or fame. He was simply a man who loved the desert. The desert was in John's blood, it was the core of his being.

He was a life-long student of the desert's geology, biology, zoology, its history, its native people, and especially its beauty. It was this passion which attracted John's friends, both the famous and the not-so famous. John liked everyone who possessed a zest for life and a love of the desert and shared a desire to thrive in its beauty. In turn, those who had that zest for life and a love of the desert liked John.

Dwight Eisenhower met John Hilton in the late 1940's at an outdoor art show in Palm Springs. Katherine Ainsworth, author of Hilton's biography The Man Who Painted Sunshine, wrote, "One Sunday, John had just finished giving a painting demonstration when a quiet, smiling man drew closer to the picture and reached out to touch the surface and left his fingerprint in the wet paint. The man was overcome with embarrassment and apologized profusely.

John just laughed and said, 'Think nothing of it, General Eisenhower, that fingerprint makes my picture a collector's item.'" This meeting

Ike at Easel
Ike steeling a pleasurable moment painting

resulted in several visits Ike made to John's home and studio in Twentynine Palms and John's attending Ike's Second Inaugural and presenting a painting, Twentynine Palms Oasis, which Ike placed in the Oval Office

Gen Patton
General George Patton drew upon John Hilton's
desert exertise while planning tank training
for the troops of his Desert Corps

General George Patton came across John Hilton soon after Pearl Harbor. Patton's officers came upon Hilton in an Indio restaurant where they asked Hilton, known locally as a desert expert, about locations where the General could train tank troops for his Africa Corps. Based on his men's recommendations, Patton gave Hilton a call and invitation to dinner. The meeting resulted in John Hilton's accompanying the General on an off-road jeep reconoitering mission throughout the Mojave Desert. After the trip, Patton asked Hilton to join join the Army and be part of his staff in North Africa, but Hilton was already committed to mine optical grade calcite for the War Department.

In the months to come, the General visited Hilton at his home on the Salton Sea at Dos Palmas. After the war, Hilton and his son visited a Los Angeles homecoming parade for General Patton. Patton surprised Hilton
when he had his driver pull over to the side of the parade route, and personally greeted him. It was the last time Hilton saw his friend. Soon after, Patton returned to Europe and was in a car crash. He died December 21, 1945.

James Cagney disliked the Hollywood lifestyle and preferred the quiet and solitude of his get-away home in

Twentynine Palms. It is there he met his friend and painting partner, John W. Hilton. Cagney spent many hours in Hilton's studio and enjoyed Hilton's large olympic sized thermally heated mineral water swimming pool.

Meanwhile in Los Angeles, John's daughter Kathi was living with her mother, John's first wife. One of Kathi's high school friends was James Cagney's daughter, and Kathi got to know him in that context. While on a visit to her dad's Twentynine Palms home, she was surprised to meet "Jimmy" at her dad's place.

During a later visit, Kathi explained to Jimmy that people often said that that although her paintings were good, they were too much like her father's. Cagney responded to Kathi in a comforting manner,

James Cagney
James Cagney painting with Twentynine Palms
neighbor and friend, John W. Hilton

"Katy my dear, don't you worry about it. Just paint what's in your heart." Kathi says Jimmy's advice became her mantra the rest of her life.

Howard Hughes and Ida Lapino
Howard Hughes and Hollywood star Ida Lapino
during a Palm Springs visit

Howard Hughes was drawn to Hilton and enjoyed his visits to Hilton's humble home in Thermal precisely because he could feel welcome and at home, a true contrast to Hughes' plane building responsibilities and demanding social life in Los Angeles. When at John's house, he was just one of the guests, nothing special and treated as an equal. Kathi Hilton says her father hated putting on airs, and Howard Hughes appreciated that about her father, perhaps more than anything else.

Kathi Hilton fondly remembers several occasions while she was still a little girl. Howard Hughes would fly out to Thermal from Los Angeles and land his airplane on the highway in front of John's Gem Shop and art gallery and Vallerie Jean's Date Shop. On one particular visit, Howard brought fresh lobster flown in from Maine, a real rarity in Thermal, California during the early 1940's. To this day, Kathi says lobster is her favorite dish.

Ed Ainsworth served as the City Editor, State Editor, and Chief Editorial Editor of The Los Angeles Times. Like John Hilton, Ainsworth loved the desert. He and his wife Katherine owned a home on the Northeast shore of the Salton Sea
and counted the desert artists among their closest friends including John W. Hilton, Jimmy Swinnerton and Clyde Forsythe. After Ed died, Katherine authored the biography of John W. Hilton, The Man Who Painted Sunshine.
Ed Ainsworth
Ed Ainsworth
Ed Ainsworth Clyde Forsythe and Walt Disney
Perhaps one of the least flattering candid group photos of all time,
Clyde Forsythe, Walt Disney and Ed Ainsworth pictured at a camp fire.
Maynard Dixon attends a party at John Hilton's house in Thermal
Hilton House Party in Thermal, CA, late 30's or early 40's Foreground, John Hilton playing guitar and Maynard Dixon in dark hat, leaning on the foot of the bed.

In the 1930's, John W. Hilton considered himself to be a rank amateur painter, but Katherine Ainsworth quotes John in The Man Who Painted Sunshine explaining how John got to meet and learn from the great desert painters, especially Maynard Dixon.

"Actually, the desert painters as we know them today had found each other through the rankest amateur because I had a centrally located place where they could all camp in the yard and cook spaghetti and sing at the top of their lungs.

I learned a great deal from all of these fellows, but the thought of copying

any of their styles never entered my head -- or theirs. In the final analysis, they taught me informally about composition, color harmony, drawing, and the handling of paint; but it was the desert itself that taught me to really paint pictures that people would buy and hang on their walls.

It was on the days that I went out alone that I followed the advice of Maynard Dixon and spent all day painting bushes and throwing the sketches away, and painting clouds and discarding them too. I became familiar with the great, wonderful land around me a piece at a time. A rock at a time, a bush at a time, a mountain or the Salton Sea -- each in its turn became mine as I discovered by trial and error how to get it down on a sketch board."

Jimmy Swinnerton was an art school classmate of Maynard Dixon in San Francisco. As very young artists, they were noticed by newspaper editor William Randolph Hearst. Both soon became illustrators for Hearst's papers, and Jimmy became a pioneering cartoonist. Hearst recruited Swinnerton for his New York papers where he became wildly successful for his strip Little Jimmy and others. While still a young man, Swinnerton received a severe tuberculosis diagnosis and a dire prognosis. Hearst gave Swinnerton a train ticket and sent him to Palm Springs. In time, Jimmy recovered and thrived. In the desert, he maintained his cartooning work, creating a strip of Navajo children living in the Grand Canyon called Canyon Kiddies. But, his main focus was returning to his fine art roots, and became the dean of the California desert school.
Jimmy Swinnerton with painting of Agathla Peak
Jimmy Swinnerton and a painting
of Monument Valley's Agathla Peak

When John Hilton met Jimmy Swinnerton, Swinnerton was a generation older than Hilton, a well established artist, a celebrated member of San Francisco's Bohemian Club. The pair forged an immediate friendship which lasted the rest of their lives. John's passion for the desert and his interest in art meshed well with Jimmy. John volunteered as Swinnerton's personal chauffeur, and accompanied Jimmy on many painting excursions, many to Monument Valley. Through Jimmy, John Hilton became friends with Maynard Dixon and Clyde Forsythe.

Clyde Forsythe and Norman Rockwell were studio-mates in New York. Clyde was the most senior of the pair and by far the most gregarious. Rockwell, being shy and reserved, drew strength from his more daring partner. It was Clyde Forsythe who goaded, encouraged and enabled Norman Rockwell to submit his portfolio to the Saturday Evening Post.

Clyde Forsythe
Clyde Forsythe
Norman Rockwell
Norman Rockwell

Clyde interspersed his New York time with the California Desert. He made his home in Alhambra on Champion Place, aka "Artists Alley." His neighbors included Frank Tenny Johnson and Sam Hyde Harris.

Forsythe, Hilton and Rockwell Painting
Painting collaboratively done for fun by John W. Hilton, Clyde Forsythe, and Norman Rockwell. Hilton is firing a gun as Clyde enters with gun drawn. Meanwhile, young Norman Rockwell witnesses the scene through the open window.

Rockwell would visit in the wintertime. On one such occasion, Forsythe introduced Norman to one of his neighbors, an Alhambra school teacher named Mary Barstow who became Rockwell's second wife. Rockwell enjoyed the company of artists while on his wintertime California trips.

On one occasion, he accompanied Clyde Forsythe on a visit to Thermal, a small desert town southeast of Palm Springs to visit his good friend, John Hilton. The three enjoyed each other's company and, according to the recollections of Kathi Hilton, the three participated in creating a painting together.

The most intensive artistic training John Hilton ever received came from famed Russian artist Nicolai Fechin.
Nicolai Fechin
Nicolai Fechin, self portrait

Fechin was well known in his native Russia prior to the revolution. When he came to America, he first achieved success in New York and later moved to Taos, New Mexico. He became known for his portraits of Native Americans, an interest which brought him to meet John W. Hilton.

Katherine Ainsworth writes of their friendship, "Fechin hated to drive, in fact, probably had never learned, and requested John to drive him to scenic places and to the Indians John knew so well. In exchange, Fechin offered to criticize Hilton's work."

Hilton dropped everything to be tutored by the great Russian painter. Hilton wrote of Fechin, "He was ruthless and merely said, 'Sell your cactus, sell your rocks, sell everything you have, but get to work on your art.' Hard as times were, I had faith in Fechin and did as he ordered."

"There was a human skull on a desk. For the next three months he said, 'Don't paint, just draw.' He rigged up an electric light on a cord and hung it from the ceiling. 'Now,' he said, 'light the skull from every angle and draw it.

But bring your sketches to me when you think they are worth looking at.' When I thought a sketch was pretty good, I'd take it up to Fechin's studio in Palm Springs. He'd take one look and usually tore the drawing up and merely said, 'Now get back to your drawings.' He kept saying, 'Get behind the principle.'"

"For a long time, I didn't quite know what he meant," confessed Hilton, "and then one day it dawned on me. He meant that a successful painting had to go beyond the principle; or the mere surface and penetrate down into reality -- the thing itself."

Paintings by Kathi Hilton and John W. Hilton will be featured in an exhibition and sale at the Palm Desert Historical Society March 17-20, 2017. Kathi will be on hand to offer some fascinating first hand stories of the Coachella Valley, and can elaborate on some of the stories told above. Palm Desert Historical Society Website

Kathi and John Hilton
Kathi and John W. Hilton 
sharing their first joint exhibition
Palm Desert Historical Society Classic Desert Paintings by Kathi and John W. Hilton
March 17-20, 2017, 10 am-3 pm, Palm Desert Historical Society,
opening reception March 18, 11-1 pm
Calendar of the Palm Desert Historical Society | John W. Hilton on our Gallery Site | Kathi Hilton on our Gallery Site | Back to the Top

Sir Winston Churchill and his Destroyed Portrait

1954 (63 years ago) British Pathe newsreel of Sir Winston Churchill's 80 birthday celebration
at Parliament and the presentation of his portrait by Graham Sutherland
On the occasion of Winston Churchill's 80th birthday, Parliament paid for and presented Sir Winston with a portrait by Graham Sutherland. Sir Winston politely accepted the honor, but hated the portrait. Lady Churchill later had the portrait destroyed.

While Winston participated in sittings for the portrait, he developed a true liking for Graham Sutherland. After the unveiling, Churchill loathed the painting. He wanted a portrait which honored the character and traits which he had exhibited during WWII.

At the time, Lady Churchill said, "It was a cruel and gross travesty of Winston, showing all the ravages of time and revealing nothing of the warmth and humanity of his nature." Several years after it was painted, Lady Churchill had the painting destroyed.

Winston Churchill presented with a gift of a portrait from Parliament on his 80th birthday
Sir Winston being presented with the Graham Sutherland portrait of him by Parliament in 1954.

Netflix's production of The Crown, a series exploring the reign of Queen Elizabeth II
features John Lithgow in the role of Winston Churchill. Episode nine of the series
relates Graham Sutherland's portrait of Churchill, a gift from Parliament in 1954.
Churchill disliked the portrait so much, it disappeared and is believed to have been burned.
Winston Churchill Sutherland Portrait
Still surviving, a low quality photo of the Graham Sutherland portrait of Sir Winston Churchill

The portrait was presented to Sir Winston on Nov. 30, 1954. On November 20, Lady Churchill took a photo of the work and showed it to Winston who disliked it at first sight, saying it was "filthy," and "malignant." With ten days to go before

the presentation ceremony, Winston called Sutherland to reject the portrait. Sutherland responded to the critique saying he painted what he saw. MP Charles Doughty stepped into the impasse, persuading Churchill to go through with the presentation ceremony so as not to offend the donors who had paid for it.

It was planned that the portrait would hang in Parliament after Sir Winston's death, but was given to him for the present. Churchill took the painting to Chartwell where it was never displayed.

Graham Sutherland Self Portrait
Artist Graham Sutherland 1903-1980, self portrait

Later the truth came out, or at least a version of it. According to the Telegraph, July 10, 2015, it was revealed that Lady Churchill had the painting stored in the basement at Chartwell after its arrival in December of 1954.

Younger Sir Winston and Lady Churchill
Younger Sir Winston and Lady Churchill

While Sir Winston was still alive, Lady Churchill tasked her private secretary, Grace Hamblin along with Hamblin's brother to remove the painting in the middle of the night, take it to a remote location and burn it. Hamblin later said of Lady Churchill, "So she was ruthless about it; it had to go."

In 1978, Grace Hamblin confirmed the loss of the painting, and was quoted as saying, "This was done on her own initiative by Lady Churchill before Sir Winston's death." Controversy arose with critics and Sutherland himself calling it an act of vandalism, while others said it was Churchill's right to dispose of his property as he saw fit.

Lady and Sir Winston with Queen Elizabeth
Lady Churchill and Sir Winston
with Queen Elizabeth, early 1950's
Lady and Sir Winston Churchill
Lady and Sir Winston sharing a quiet moment

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Linda Sorensen Corricks

"Forces of Nature" at Corrick's. Linda will be one of the featured ArtTrails artists at Corrick's on 4th Street in Santa Rosa for the month of March, with the reception Friday 5-7pm on her birthday March 3rd. Come say hi at the reception, or arrange a separate meeting, and check out the status of the Courthouse Square reunification nearby. Also featured is Luann Udel with her exceptional jewelry and other mixed media art.

Robert DeVee

In Memoriam ... Robert DeVee, our gallery neighbor and friend has died. Robert was a special friend. Often he would step into our gallery for visit. He would quietly enter, stand and sway in front of a particular painting for a long time, as if he was having an extended artistic conversation with the artist. He then would have a positive comment about some aspect of the painting. Never did he have anything negative to say. Then, we would have a small conversation about the weather or the nature of the art business, and Robert would head off for the rest of his day.

Ren Brown is planning a memorial for Robert to take place April 1 at their gallery - The Ren Brown Collection. Many of Robert's impressionist landscape paintings will be on view. Currently, some are on display at the Terrapin Creek Cafe, a favorite place of Robert and Ren.

Robert DeVee Landscape
On of Robert DeVee's
Landscape paintings
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb
Bodega Landmark
Gallery Collection,
Lorenzo De Santis

Linda Sorensen's paintings can now be seen at the Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection, the gallery in the inland town of Bodega at the west end of Bodega Highway (Hwy 12), a half block from the Casino, and just across from the General Store and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department.

Our thanks to Lorenzo De Santis for showing Linda's work and hope you can all stop in and see this wonderful (and renovated) gallery very soon.

Linda Sorensen Inverness and Mt Vision
Linda Sorensen's
Inverness and Mt. Vision
Tomales Bay
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery is not at present a "brick and mortar" storefront gallery. We've moved out and now exist as an online only gallery, although arrangements can be made to view specific artworks. Please keep in touch with us by phone, our website, and our newsletters to keep up on where Linda's artist studio lands, and what new ways we may find to show and celebrate historic California art beyond the website itself.

Pacific Bay Gallery is planning to be open by the end of March, next door to The Ren Brown Collection. The large palm tree (Bodega Bay's newest and tallest) which they've planted next to the gallery has now been unfurled and stands in all its glory. The gallery will feature the work of resident artist Noki Jones. This is the same location which was home to Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery for six years, beginning Jan 1, 2011 and ending Oct 31, 2016. At present, we have no physical home but for the foreseeable future, we will continue as an online-gallery.

What's showing in Bodega Bay?
Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery Sign

Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery
featuring Joshua Meador and Linda Sorensen
and Historic Paintings of California

online only (and by arrangement) | Voicemail and Text 707-875-2911

Joshua Meador Composed by the Sea
"Composed by the Ocean"
Joshua Meador
Reb Brown Sign Thumbnail The Ren Brown Collection
"Beginning a New Year"
1781 Coast Highway One, Bodega Bay, 94923
707-875-2922 | |
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Ren Brown
Bodega Bay's Jean Warren Watercolors
Bodega Bay resident Jean Warren says her paintings
are reflections of the places she has lived and traveled.
Jean is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society,
California Watercolor Association
and full member of Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. Visit Jean's site

Jean Warren Watercolor

What's showing nearby?
in Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties
Bodega Landmark Gallery Thumb IN BODEGA Bodega Landmark Gallery Collection - renovated and reopened
now including the paintings of Linda Sorensen
17255 Bodega Highway Bodega, California USA 94922 Phone 707 876 3477
Fri-Mon, 10:30 - 5:30 | | Back to the Top
Sebastopol Center for the Arts

IN SEBASTOPOL, Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 S. High Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472  707.829.4797
Hours: Tue - Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat & Sun 1 - 4pm

BBHPhoto Dennis Calabi IN SANTA ROSA Calabi Gallery | 888
456 Tenth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 | email: | 707-781-7070

Famed master conservator Dennis Calabi brings his rare knowledge and experience
to present a tasteful and eclectic array of primarily 20th century artwork. | Back to the Top
Easton Crustacean Dancing Dream 144
Easton, Crustacean Dancing Dream, American Alabaster
Annex Galleries Santa Rosa IN Santa Rosa The Annex Galleries
specializing in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American and European fine prints
The Annex Galleries is a member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA). | Back to the Top
Linda Ratzlaff IN GRATON Graton Gallery

Graton Gallery | (707) 829-8912  |
9048 Graton Road, Graton CA 95444 | Open Wednesday ~ Saturday 10:30 to 6, Sunday 10:30 to 4

Christopher Queen Gallery IN DUNCANS MILLS Christopher Queen Galleries
3 miles east of Hwy 1 on Hwy 116 on the Russian River
Out of the Attic ... reception Sun Mar 5, 1-3 (through April)
Early California and Contemporary Paintings under $1,000 |707-865-1318| Back to the Top
Hammarfriar Gallery Thumb IN Healdsburg Hammerfriar Gallery

 (707) 473-9600  |
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IN PETALUMA Vintage Bank Antiques
Vintage Bank Antiques is located in Historic Downtown Petaluma, corner of Western Avenue and Petaluma Blvd. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Warren Davis and the rest of the team at Vintage Bank Antiques has assembled a spectacular inventory of paintings. From the 18th Century to Contemporary Artists. We have paintings to suit every price point and collector level.
If you have a painting for sale, please consider Vintage Bank Antiques. Contact Warren Davis directly at, 101 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, CA 94952, ph: 707.769.3097

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Petaluma Arts Council Art Center IN PETALUMA Petaluma Art Center
"... to celebrate local artists and their contributions and involve the whole community"
Petaluma Center for the Arts

Links to current museum exhibits relevant to Early California Art
The Greater Bay Area
The Walt Disney Family Museum
This museum tells Walt's story from the early days.
(on the Parade Grounds) 104 Montgomery Street,
The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129

-- view location on Google Maps
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de Young Museum
Permanent Collection

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San Francisco
California Historical Society

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Legion of Honor

-Permanent European and Impressionist Paintings
-Monet: the Early Years
Feb 25 - May 29
San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum
San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum

San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum Thumbnail Oakland
Oakland Museum of California

-- ongoing Gallery of California Art
-showcasing over 800 works
from the OMCA's collection

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San Francisco

SF Museum of Modern Art

Santa Rosa
The Museums of Sonoma County

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Santa Rosa
Charles M. Schultz Museum

Charles M Schultz Museum Santa Rosa

St Mary's College Museum of Art
Hearst Art Gallery

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Mission San Francisco de Solano Museum

featuring the famed watercolor paintings
of the California Missions
by Christian Jorgensen
Mission San Francisco de Solano in Sonoma CA Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

551 Broadway, Sonoma CA 954
(707) 939-7862
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Grace Hudson Museum

Grace would have loved this one ...
"They Came to Washington: The First Ambassadors"

featuring lithographic portraits of Native American leaders
who came to Washington, D.C. to negotiate tribal right
in the early 19th century
. ... through March 12
Grace Hudson Museum

Bolinas Museum

featuring their permanent collection,
including Ludmilla and Thadeus Welch,
Arthur William Best, Jack Wisby,
Russell Chatham, Alfred Farnsworth

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Walnut Creek
The Bedford Gallery, Lesher
Center for the Arts
Lesher Ctr for the Arts Walnut Creek CA San Jose
San Jose Museum of Art

approximately 2,000 20th & 21st
century artworks including paintings, sculpture,
new media, photography, drawings, prints, and artist books.
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Monterey Museum of Art

Ongoing exhibitions ...
Museums Permanent Collection
including William Ritschel and Armin Hansen
Monterey Museum of Art Palo Alto
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University
Cantor Art Center at Stanford University

Salvador Dali Museum

Salvador Dali Museum Monterey Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum
& their marvelous Permanent Collection
Capitol Museum

Governor's Portrait Gallery
Permanent Exhibits

(including one of our galllery's favorite artists,
Robert Rishell's portrait of Gov. Ronald Reagan
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The Haggin Museum!

-Largest exhibition of Albert Beirstadt paintings anywhere,
plus the works of Joseph Christian Leyendecker,
Norman Rockwell's mentor.
see our Newsletter article, April 2011
Haggin Museum Stockton
Southern California (and Arizona)
Los Angeles
Los Angeles Museum of Art

Art of the Americas, Level 3:
Artworks of paintings and sculptures
from the colonial period to World War II—
a survey of of art and culture
& "Levitated Mass"
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Irvine
Along El Camino Real
through May 18
The Irvine Museum

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Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara Museum of Art
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Hammer Museum (at UCLA)

Hammer Museum
San Diego
San Diego Museum of Art
Permanent Collection
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Palm Springs
Palm Springs Art Museum

Permanent Collection
American 19th century Landscape Painting

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Norton Simon Museum

-an Impressive Permanent collection,
European impressionist and post impressionist paintings
See our newsletter from March 2014
Norton Simon Museum Pasadena San Marino (near Pasadena)
The Huntington Library

American Art Collection
Paintings by John Singer Sargent,
Edward Hopper, Robert Henri,
Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran,
William Keith, Mary Cassatt,
Thomas Hart Benton and many more.

Huntington Library Art Collection Pasadena
Laguna Beach
Laguna Museum of Art

-California Art and only California Art
Permanent collection includes many historic
California Artists of the Laguna Beach Art Association
Laguna Art Museum Pasadena
Pasadena Museum of California Art
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Prescott, AZ
Phippen Museum
Phippen Museum Entrance Hwy 89 Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
an excellent sampling of
Artists of the American West

Phoenix Art Museum
& Beyond
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum
(see our Newsletter article
from February, 2015)

Honolulu Museum of Art Kamuela, HI (Big Island)
Issacs Art Center
65-1268 Kawaihae Road
Kamuela, HI  96743
(See our Dec '16 article "Hawaii's Paul Gauguin," 
modernist Madge Tennent, 1889-1972)

Isaacs Art Center
Seattle, WA
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Art Museum Portland, OR
Portland Art Museum

Permanent Collection: American Art

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Washington D.C.
The Renwick Gallery

Permanent ... Grand Salon Paintings
from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Renwick Gallery Washington DC Chicago, IL
Art Institute of Chicago
Permanent collection:
the Impressionists
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Cedar Rapids, IA
The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
Grant Wood: In Focus

is an ongoing permanent collection exhibition.
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Bentonville, AR
Crystal Bridges
Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Washington D.C.
The National Gallery

Permanent collection
American Paintings
Tha National Gallery Washington DC Thumbnail Philadelphia , PA
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia , PA
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Campus
Barnes Foundation Campus Philadelphia Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Museum
American Art
Permanent Collection
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New York , NY
The Whitney Museum of American Art

The largest selection of works by Edward Hopper
The Whitney Museum of American Art New York Detroit, MI
Detroit Institute of Arts
American Art
Permanent Collection
Detroit Institute of Arts
Ottowa, Ontario
National Gallery of Canada
Canada National Gallery of Art    

Serving our Clients several different ways ...
in Bodega Bay, in your home, or on-line.

Voicemail and Text: 707-875-2911 | Email:


... Using Voicemail, TEXT or Email, leave a call back time and number. Once we arrange a time and place, come to Bodega Bay and view the art which interests you and take a treasure home.


... Using Voicemail, Text, or Email, request an pre-arranged in-home appointment. We will discuss which artists and paintings interest you, and make appropriate arrangements. After you make your choices, we will bring the art to you.


... Voicemail, Text, or Email us about pieces which interest you. We will answer your questions and process your purchase over the phone. We offer free FedEx shipping in the U.S for major purchases.

Pop-Up Galleries

... On occasion, when temporary opportunities fit, we will take Bodega Bay Heritage Gallery on the road.

How to Sell Paintings to Us

At present, we are acquiring few paintings. We are interested in considering works by Joshua Meador, or exceptional paintings by Historic California artists. We do not do miscellaneous consignments but do represent artist estates.

DO NOT CALL TO SELL ... Please EMAIL US ( along with a full-file jpg image of your painting. A picture is worth a thousand words. Include the name of the artist, its title, dimensions and conditions. Please include any history or provenance. We will read your note, do our homework, and write back and let you know if we wish to acquire your painting or give you our our ideas on how to sell your painting through other resources.